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Rachelle Khalaf
Manager, Media Relations
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For Immediate Release

In Celebration of Kelsey Research Foundation’s 25th Annual Golf Classic, Event Raises Landmark $350,000

HOUSTON (May 22, 2019) –
On Monday, May 6, Kelsey Research Foundation hosted its 25th Annual Golf Classic, raising a record $350,000 for this annual event. Two-hundred and fifty golfers enjoyed a round of golf, silent auction, and a 19th hole party at the Golf Trails of The Woodlands. Funds raised from the golf tournament support the Foundation's mission to advance and improve the quality of healthcare through research and patient education programs.

"As our largest annual fundraising event, the Golf Classic has collectively raised $4 million in support of the Foundation's research and educational programs," said Ashley Alexander, vice president and chief operations officer of Kelsey Research Foundation. "This event, and its outstanding success, is made possible by our generous golfers, sponsors, and volunteers. We appreciate the outstanding support of our top sponsors, including our title sponsor McKesson, major sponsors Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and Gamma Construction, and our golf cart sponsor, LabCorp."

During the 19th hole party, top teams and players accepted awards. Guests bid on a wide variety of items and gift packages during the silent auction, which raised $10,000. A graduate of the Active Living After Cancer program, a partnership between MD Anderson Cancer Center and Kelsey Research Foundation, shared his cancer survival story and the impact the program had on his recovery. The Active Living After Cancer program aims to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors by promoting physical activity and by providing navigation services for survivorship issues.

Funds raised from the annual Golf Classic support Kelsey Research Foundation's awareness programs, clinical trials, and a signature research program focused on gut health. Microbiome research and clinical trials are conducted by the KRF-UTHealth Center for Microbiome Research, which was established in 2014 as a collaboration between Kelsey Research Foundation, McGovern Medical School, and UTHealth School of Public Health. The group investigates conditions and diseases associated with a loss of intestinal microbiota diversity, such as Parkinson's disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.

"We hope to one day offer those living with conditions impacted by the loss of intestinal microbiota diversity an opportunity to improve their quality of life by restoring the diversity of their microbiota flora," said Herbert DuPont, M.D., president and CEO of Kelsey Research Foundation. "KRF's innovative research agenda is made possible by our generous donors, and we hope the community will continue to support our Annual Golf Classic to help further our understanding of gut health for the greater good."

Kelsey Research Foundation welcomes sponsors and partners for all fundraising activities throughout the year. Please contact: Aimee Friend at 713-442-1218 or for more information about upcoming fundraising events. 

The Foundation also accepts donations throughout the year at

About the Kelsey Research Foundation

Kelsey Research Foundation (KRF) was founded in 1956 by the Kelsey brothers – Mavis Kelsey, M.D., and John Kelsey, M.D. KRF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to advance medical research and provide health education opportunities for all Houstonians. To achieve this, KRF spearheads and collaborates with other leading research, education, and healthcare organizations locally and nationally on innovative research and patient education programs. KRF organizes, facilitates, and implements research between Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and institutions of the Texas Medical Center.  Specific areas of research interest to the Foundation include: cancer care and cancer survivorship support, digestive diseases, the gut microbiome, and the use of fecal microbiota transplantation to restore the intestinal microbiota of people with conditions associated with a loss of gut diversity.

About Kelsey-Seybold

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 400 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 21 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 55 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 15 onsite Kelsey pharmacies, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for three consecutive years and is the only 5-out-of-5-star rated plan in Texas.

Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Level 3 (highest) Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center, and Endoscopy Center.